11 January 2011

The Italian press believe that Xavi and Iniesta have been "no"

Italian media said that Xavi and Iniesta were "no" by not receiving the Ballon d'Or that distinguishes the best player in the world and was finally granted for the second consecutive year, the Argentine Leo Messi

La Gazzetta not understand the appointment of Messi

Both the general and the sports newspapers as "unfair" that the winner of this season is Messi, because they believe that 2010 has been "disappointing year" player, but recognize that it is "a phenomenon"

"Messi? Nooo!" is the headline on the cover of "La Gazzetta dello Sport", which insists that the second consecutive Argentine player is "unbelievable" and "unfair" since it reflects "absolutely" the best player in 2010.

With the awards on Monday, the newspaper generalist "La Stampa", Turin, football has lost its way, as the chosen best player is one that "in competitions that have not won anything."

In this sense, "Il Corriere dello Sport", Rome, recalls that the role of Argentina in the World Cup was "disappointing" and that the most important club competition, the Champions League, Barca lost against Inter Milan.

However, all newspapers recognize the quality of Messi, which say that "obviously the best in the world as long as such should be awarded every year", though she says that last season was "bad." "With the arrival of FIFA, the prize does not value the season, as is traditional, but the absolute value", reported.

Barça players form majority of World XI

Six Barça players have been chosen as part of the FIFAPro World XI 2010. The club provides more than half the team, with Puyol, Piqué, Iniesta, Xavi, Messi and Villa all selected.

The announcement was made during the ceremony for the FIFA Ballon d’Oro held in Zurich this evening.
Zurich honours Barça

With the Ballon D’Oro already decided as going to a Barça player, the announcement of the Club’s dominance of the FIFAPro World XI merely confirmed the hegemony of Barça’s wonderful philosophy of football.

Good relationship key

On stage surrounded by the other selected 10 players, Gerard Piqué put his finger on the key to the Barça players’ success, commenting: “when we are on the pitch you can see the good relationship we all have between us”.

Ballot amongst players

Since 2009, FIFA and FIFPro have organised a secret vote amongst more than 50,000 professional players from the players unions throughout the world to decide on an ideal XI. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

This year’s eleven players chosen were:
Keeper: Casillas
Defenders: Maicon, Lucio, Puyol, Piqué
Midfielders: Xavi, Sneijder, Iniesta
Forwards: Messi, Villa, Cristiano Ronaldo

Iniesta: "To be here was already an award

Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta refused to feel disappointed about running out of the prize, and was "happy" because it was his teammate Leo Messi, who has won the trophy again

"Disappointment does not. Being here is a prize, hopefully they can repeat. We'll see what happens. The important thing is to do things right, because otherwise you can not control," said Iniesta after the gala.

Although his name was the most playing on the football pools. The Spanish player had to settle for second place. "The winner is Leo, and we must congratulate you, because you deserve if you have been. We were the three nominees, anyone could win, but Leo has won and should be welcomed. We're thrilled for him and for being here," he concluded . (via SPORT)

Guardiola: "The best thing is to have coached such great players"

Pep Guardiola detracts from his nomination as best coach of the year and stressed the importance of the achievements of his three disciples, "Iniesta, Xavi and Messi," a historic moment for the club

"We are here because we won, but that does not mean we are the best," said Guardiola, who believes his greatest merit was "able to lead these great players."

Barca coach said these words in the press conference prior to the FIFA gala, which only went along with coach Vicente del Bosque, since the other nominee, Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho, was late to Zurich.

Guardiola, the three Barcelona players aspire to receive this distinction is incredible: "It's a unique and unrepeatable. If there is a day where you have to find the inordinate praise today, because it is very difficult for three players in the league Spanish, three players from small have played for FC Barcelona are here. "

Santpedor coach believes that if the quarry Barca going through this stage so successful is due to several factors. "In the past thirty years there is a way of understanding the game and that club has to have a strong, stable, which will build on a philosophy, and also have a very long path where many people, many coaches, presidents, delegates, scouts and so many others have worked hard for it, "he said. (via SPORT)

Cruyff: "It's time for the alternate"

Barça technicians will enjoy greatly in the coming weeks. Are to be moved, are moving and, as dream scenario: two games per week, staff cuts and live in all competitions. Therefore, managing the staff plays. Nothing to burst to 11 they all have in mind. The championships, and more plural, are not won with a team owner. In that costumes are short but very good. Each has its virtues. And above all they are able. Not a violation. There is always a risk of injury, but decreases with the rotations. It's time for their replacements. Of the less common.

For me, and I think for Guardiola also, this is the real strength of a template, which must be cut power and performance you're away.

Cup schedule in hand, has been instrumental in the pass signed at San Mames. You've improved somewhat over last year, which fell in the same round against Sevilla staying with the strange feeling that you left without knowing exactly how or why. In return, you can always knocked out, but there are times, situations that make you stronger if you roll forward. And after a bad result in the first leg against Athletic (0-0), obviously was worse the 1-2 against holders Sevilla, plus some alternate joined forces to Bilbao not repeat history.

The more the better

This ship, as it is made, is to look to global competition. The more fronts, the better. The more games the better. Beyond their undeniable talent, this group is not given birth to team-best when you schedule the demand is also high. And perform at your best is not running anymore, not tired anymore, not always use them. Perform at their best, to me, is to manage effective, now I break this, I now pay to that other-and even harder to achieve: to be master of the tempo of games. Now accelerate, brake now. But always dominated.

In Riazor, four shots between the posts, four goals. Maximum efficiency, yes. Although it sounds like a sin, why shoot more? The match was equally dominated with 0-0 with 0-2 with 0-4. In a field there is only one ball. If you have always, well occupy space and move it with discretion and care, will eventually rival bored, desperate and exhausted. Nothing is more tiring, physically and mentally, to run after a ball that is seen but not touched, and when you're so far from Valdés , so many yards from goal, just as your goalie in Riazor, playing many more foot ball with his hands. And above, the one that comes with some danger to it. For your rivals, another fact hopeless.

Impeccable free-kick from Messi. To me, they are infinitely better concrete and deadly occurrences of Argentina. We still nowhere near that Messi that was spread for 30, 40, 60 meters at times to find the goal by Maradona in Mexico or repeat his against Getafe. This player is now a wonder in the management of their own efforts on behalf of the collective. Score more or less as before while the other allows more marked. This 2x1, scorer and assistant at the same time, saves effort and increases the happiness of others, starting with Villa and Peter, and ending with the entire team.

The meeting with Arsenal

Probably will not see the owner-operator called 11 until mid-February against Arsenal in the Champions League. And if so, its performance will be conditioned by this month and a half of pure and simple management of players with Guardiola and his entire coaching staff.

Unbalanced Cup

Not for nothing, but are 14 games remaining until the appointment of London. Four to plantarte Cup already in the final and 10 league games. And seeing what I've seen this weekend on TV could at least save some, for example, the return of the Cup Wonderful summaries that we have reached the FA Cup. Being as it is a single match, full fields, maximum excitement and some great surprise. This is the Cup, yes sir.

What is given in England, a fall against a First or Second Third, this is almost impossible. The second or third floor you face, leaving the soul to a party, but two games, a round trip, the largest has an advantage impossible to overcome by the smallest. (Via elPeriódico.com)

Xavi and Iniesta congratulate Leo Messi for Ballon d'Or

Xavi Hernandez , a finalist in the Ballon d'Or Gala who won his teammate Leo Messi , said that "we must enjoy the moment and congratulate Leo" on the feast of FC Barcelona . "Further work, my life will change for this award. Leo is a companion and friend and I congratulate him," said Xavi. "It was deserved and we must congratulate the three of them deserved. The Ballon d'Or stays at home and this is a prize to the quarry, philosophy club," said Terrassa told Canal +.

"There was a possibility and always feel like, but could not be. Anyway I'm as happy as if he had won," said Barca, who hopes to return you to be among the nominees for next year. "We'll see next year, in sports you never know," he concluded.

"Messi is the rightful winner"

For his part, another of the favorites in the end ran out of the Ballon d'Or 2010, Andres Iniesta said "it is the decision of the people who vote and there is nothing more to say." "Messi is the rightful winner. The decision is taken by the people who vote and anybody could be the winner. It was he and we are thrilled by the second ball is," said Andres Iniesta to the media at the Palacio de Congresos after choice.

Midfielder manchego, who scored the goal that won the World Cup, do not lose hope and think that maybe some other time "is luck." "Everyone has their opinion and perspective, as another year no luck. Now we must thank Messi because he deserves it, is a unique player," he concluded.

Casillas: "I am disappointed as I am Spanish"

The Spanish captain, Iker Casillas , praised as "a disappointment" the result of the FIFA Ballon d'Or not because they hand him over to Leo Messi, but because it was a Spanish in a year in which " World must be worth a lot. " "The truth is that it is a shame because we all had high hopes placed on the most important prize of all. We had no fortune and no one came with Luis Suarez," Casillas said in reference to the former Barcelona and Inter Milan, the only Spanish who won the prize in 1960.

"The World Cup had to be worth a lot, but I'm not who decides," lamented the Real Madrid goalkeeper, who "wanted and expected to be a Spanish" the winner. "As I am Spanish is a disappointment, and I practice this sport and I would have liked it a Spanish win," he reiterated.

Del Bosque: "All three are extraordinary"

Vicente del Bosque , the Spanish national coach, said at the end of the 2010 Ballon d'Or Gala who won Leo Messi, who at Andres Iniesta and Xavi pupils "nobody is going to take what they are, everyone will have a special affection" . "It is an assessment of coaches and captains and must accept the decision. All three are terrific," said Del Bosque, who praised the professionalism and quality of Xavi and Iniesta, world champions South Africa this summer.

Piqué: "The three of them deserved it"

The FC Barcelona player has ensured that the three candidates for the FIFA Ballon d'Or "deserved it", being the final winner Argentine Leo Messi, but said the three finalists to be partners in the club Catalans were going to celebrate like that if they had been Xavi or Iniesta. "It seems that in the end people have valued as individuals and now is one step up. It is worthy recipient. The truth is that it was so even, without departing from the winner, so I had not thought about who could be the winner . The three of them deserved it eventually led him Leo, "he said.

"It would have been nice to win a Spanish"

Pique, who has been chosen in the 'Best XI' Cup, has ensured that there was "no surprise" Messi collect his second consecutive Gold Ball, but acknowledged there were "many options" that the award was for a Spanish after winning the World Cup. "There are many options that it was a Spanish would have been nice. Leo has won, there is no getting around it, and we will celebrate with him and win many more. Xavi and Iniesta will be there. They are very happy. Will continue same, "snapped denying that Terrassa and have them sitting Fuentealbilla bad the jury's decision.

"You could tell he could be a big football

"Tell you now that I sensed at thirteen years would get a medal that does not touch me. A lot of that age detected and sensed he could be a big game," Pique said on Messi, who shares your clothing from Argentina Masia except for his time in Manchester and Zaragoza.

Congratulates Cesc Messi and Iniesta and Xavi says "leave Spain at the top"

Cesc Fabregas , Arsenal's Spanish international midfielder, congratulated the Argentine Leo Messi Ballon d'Or winner, and said his team-mates Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta "leave Spain at the top."

Cesc continued at his home in London the Ballon d'Or gala carefully. His comrades of the Spanish as Iker Casillas, Carles Puyol, Piqué Gerard, Xavi, Iniesta and David Villa were in the Cup Best XI. "Messi is the best. If you do not lower the rate that is showing in recent seasons, the rest have very complicated to win the Ballon d'Or in the future," he said. "For me, Xavi and Andres are also winners. His season has been perfect. Dejan Spain at the top. They both deserve as much as Leo," he added. (via MD)

Messi win the Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi retain his status as winner of the Ballon d'Or , as revealed on the stroke of eight o'clock in the evening during the gala held at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, in the words of Josep Guardiola, who opened the envelope and read the name the winner. Although he had circulated the rumor for months that it would be Iniesta 's award-winning, finally the 154 journalists, the 208 coaches and captains of 208 countries that are part of the FIFA chose the Argentine ahead of Iniesta, Silver Ball, and Xavi, Bronze Ball, teammates and quarry.

The decision is a setback for the Spanish football, who do not get a prize, despite the conquest of the World by the selection. Messi won the 22.65 percent of the vote compared to 17.36 for Iniesta and 16.48 Xavi.

Leo Messi, 23, was in 2010 won the League and the Supercopa of Spain with Barcelona. However, there was a good World Cup and his selection, Argentina, fell in the quarter to be defeated by Germany. Throughout his career he has won two Champions Leagues, one UEFA Super Cup, four league titles, a Copa del Rey, Spain four Super Cups and World Club Championship. It is also world champion Under-20 (2005) and Olympic (2008) with Argentina.

Barcelona reached the age of 14, recommended by Carles Rexach. Barca was discovered in Rosario, where he played in the youth ranks at Newell's Old Boys. He debuted with the first team in 2003. Last season he scored 47 goals in all competitions in which he participated and was named the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player. In 2008 he was the Silver Ball.

Messi (2009 and 2010), Di Stefano (1957 and 1959) and Sivori (1961) are the only players born in Argentina which has won the Ballon d'Or. (via AS)